Microsoft Brings Fluent Design language to Mobile Apps

Microsoft is bringing Fluent Design’s design language to its mobile apps

on both Android and iOS platforms to increase user productivity.

John Friedman , Microsoft’s organizational vice president at research and design, announced a redesign of his company’s leading mobile apps in a post on Medium’s website.

According to Friedman Oteluk, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint have now been redesigned and a new version of Thames, Yammer and Planner is also on the way.

Microsoft’s decision to rethink its app design reflects the company’s continued efforts

to bring its productivity services and applications to all mobile platforms.

The redesign of applications is accomplished for two purposes:

bringing fluent design language into the world of mobile applications and providing mobile users with fast productivity.

 Friedman explains the process of designing and researching it.

One view of Microsoft’s research group is that although people spend several hours a day with their smartphones, doing just about anything with a smartphone takes only 2 to 5 seconds.

To improve productivity in the short term, Microsoft is changing its mobile apps to run microtech.


Several features and changes have been implemented to make tasks easier on the phone, including the Play My Emails and Read Aloud capabilities in AutoLock and Word applications.

Microsoft has also added features such as scanning documents and tables to improve productivity in Office and OneDrive.

Fluent Design is a framework of application design principles.

It was originally intended to transform Windows 8, but now Microsoft is bringing Fluent Design to its mobile apps.

Redesigned Office applications have Fluent Design elements throughout the app experience, including icons, splashes, cells, cards, typography, audiences, and file lists.

During its rethink of mobile app design, Microsoft employed a four-person team of designers to create a mobile user interface toolkit, a tool that allows developers to use similar components more easily across apps.

These tools are available to other designers who are interesting in building apps that fit Microsoft’s rules.

Fluent Design Mobile

The number of users of Microsoft mobile apps on both iOS and Android platforms is increasing day by day,

and Friedman believes that using mobile apps in a single design language will help make people more productive.

He says:

When mobile applications have a continuous connection and convey a similar feeling,

cognitive load is reducing by eliminating the need to re-learn the application pattern and navigation.

This is of great importance to us as we are investing in iPad and Surface Duo productivity side-by-side scenarios.

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